Article: First Ever Statewide Candidates Forum for Communities of Color

First Ever Statewide Candidates Forum for Communities of Color

All Day, Oct 20, 2012

With the November election just a few weeks away, the first-ever Communities of Color Legislative Day and Candidate Forum will be held. This free, all-day nonpartisan forum, sponsored by United for Progress, will focus on legislative priorities impacting people of color around education, economic development and criminal justice and present these priorities to statewide political candidates.

The morning session will serve as a forum for people of color to share concerns around the three main topic areas to develop recommended legislative priorities for people of color in the upcoming legislative session. “We are excited to unite as communities of color to raise our collective concerns on core issues that affect us all,” remarks Laura Flores Cantrell, executive director of Latino Community Fund.

“This forum is an opportunity for communities of color to meet and speak with political candidates; and most importantly, to ensure that we keep political candidates accountable to their campaign promises.” said Nate Miles, African American community leader.

The afternoon candidate forum, covered live by TVW, will be dedicated to listening from candidates for select statewide offices on their stances on key issues. Confirmed candidates include Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) for Governor; Brad Owen (D) and Bill Finkbeiner (R) for Lt. Governor; Bob Ferguson (D) and Reagan Dunn (R) for Attorney General. Other participants include House Speaker Frank Chop (D-Seattle) and House Minority Leader Michael DeBolt (R-Centralia), as well as Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. Moderators include Essex Porter from KIRO-TV and Enrique Cerna from KCTS-TV.

“Communities of color are civically engaged to ensure we have the political voice and power to impact state policies affecting our future, children and families,” said Lua Pritchard, Asian Pacific Islander community leader.”

The event is underwritten with support from local sponsors, including Puget Sound Energy, Eli Lilly and Company and WalMart. The forum takes place 8:00am-4:00pm with breakfast and lunch provided. Free translation and interpretation available upon request. Event registration is highly encouraged and can be found, along with more information, at United for Progress made local and national news earlier this year when it brought Communities of Color together and worked with Republicans and Democrats to create a “Majority Minority” Congressional district and several “Majority Minority” legislative districts in Washington’s redistricting process.

Members of the non-profit coalition include: The African American Agenda, African Chamber of Commerce, African Diaspora of WA, Commission on African American Affairs, El Centro De La Raza, First Thursday Seattle, Black PAC, Latino Community Fund, Progreso: Latino Progress, NW Vietnamese News, Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Puget Sound Sage, Tabor 100, and many others.

Cost: Free
Phone: (206) 409-8032
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